Most make-up artists will tell you that no matter how much you invest in the latest foundation or primer, the trick to a pillowy complexion is simply great skin. Sure, a sneaky hydrating mist can help create that dewy look we all long for, but arguably, what is more beneficial than a flawless make-up look is a robust regimen that starts on the inside. So, to help us on our quest for making the most out of the skin we have, we asked renowned skin expert, Melanie Grant, for her tips in maintaining a youthful glow.
And, as suspected, it comes down to a holistic approach: "I really believe any great beauty regimen must have a holistic approach and foundation. Along with great skin care and treatments, it’s essential that we take care of our minds and bodies to achieve peak skin health. This includes a balanced, plant-centric and nutrient dense diet, sufficient sleep, minimal stress and an active lifestyle. It’s not always possible to have a perfect diet, especially when travelling or for those with a busy, modern lifestyle. This is where dietary supplements can benefit your entire body, including your skin."
But, before running to the pharmacy for the skin-friendly ingredients suggested below, Grant suggests doing your due diligence before picking up just any supplement of the shelf. "Be discerning and choose high quality, proven products and seek professional guidance when making significant changes to your diet and lifestyle." Read on for the ingredients Grant suggests we look out for.
"An ayurvedic, adaptogenic herbal supplement that stimulates DHEA, a precursor to estrogen and promotes oil production. I love the Sun Potion Ashwagandha Powder ($55) and especially like to take this during times of stress or fatigue as it restores and supports my adrenals."
"[Fish oil is] great for skin health with Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA to promote collagen and enhance moisture levels as well as reduce inflammation and calm conditions such as eczema and rosacea."
Shop Grant's suggestion: Nordic Naturals Omega-3 ($70).
Pre and probiotics
"These support digestion and promotes gut health which in turn produces glowing, healthy skin. Try The Beauty Chef Glow Powder ($60), I like to to add a tablespoon to my morning smoothie."
"This is a good supplement for those of us with blemish prone skin as it reduces sebum production and promotes collagen. I suggest staying away from this if you’re pregnant or trying to fall pregnant."
"Zinc is helpful for acne prone skin as it reduces inflammation and promotes healing."
"This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant. It promotes collagen production and protects against free radical damage. It also Improves skin firmness."
"This vitamin serves as an antioxidant, anti inflammatory, promotes healthy cell turnover, protects DNA and enhances sun protection."
Blackcurrant seed oil
"This contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) to prevent inflammation and promote healthy, cell renewal.
"Glucosamine, enhances hydration and promotes collagen production."
"Bone broth is also a wonderful skin supplement, you can make your own or buy fresh organic broth, I like good bones or Star Anise organic, or you can buy it in a dehydrated powdered form (broth of life). Improves gut health, increases collagen production and reduces inflammation."
Shop Grant's suggestion: Star Anise Organic Beef Stock Cubes ($25).
"Extracted from deep sea fish, marine collagen stimulates our fibroblasts to produce collagen, resulting in firmer, denser skin."
Shop Grant's suggestion: Vida Glow Marine Gollagen ($44).